Disgrace on you, Tony Awards.
On Sunday night time, nearly no one at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor bothered to face up for the late Stephen Sondheim.
After a far too modest tribute to the legendary composer/lyricist of “West Facet Story” “Gypsy,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Into The Woods,” “A Little Evening Music” and plenty of others, who died in November at age 91, sung by Bernadette Peters, solely a handful of present folks begrudgingly bought to their ft.
For one of many best musical theater composers of all time. Who gave his total life to Broadway. With mates like these, who wants enemies?
On the Tonys, his dying was a complete afterthought — a fast track from Peters and a few movies — though producers had months to plan a star-studded quantity honoring him. The debacle was befuddling.
As was many of the low-energy, poorly put-on seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards on CBS.
Ariana DeBose, who won the Oscar this year for taking part in Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Facet Story,” hosted the night. It was a pleasant concept. The dwindling Tonys viewership isn’t going to get any greater, so why not go together with a fan favourite?
However being a grasp of ceremonies didn’t come naturally to DeBose, and her songs and banter had been pressured and unfunny. Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and even James Corden had been all leagues higher within the gig.
Nathan Lane had the funniest and most off-the-cuff award presentation. He ought to’ve hosted as an alternative.
The winners, in a season sorely missing widespread hits, had been principally predictable. Finest Musical went to the outre “A Strange Loop,” Finest Play to terrific, however already-closed “The Lehman Trilogy,” Finest Musical Revival to “Company” and Finest Play Revival to “Take Me Out.” However there have been some tight races that led to shocks.
Deirdre O’Connell’s win for Finest Actress in a Play (“Dana H.”) was a stunning shock — and her speech encouraging “bizarre artwork” was the very best of the night time — as was Simon Russell Beale’s first, well-deserved Finest Actor in a Play victory.
Myles Frost, who performs Michael Jackson, gained Finest Actor in a Musical in a absolutely very shut contest towards Jaquel Spivey of “A Unusual Loop.” And Joaquina Kalukango (“Paradise Square“) beat heavy-hitters Sharon D Clark (“Caroline, or Change”) and Sutton Foster (“The Music Man”) for Finest Actress.
However except for the all-important Finest Musical prize, it’s the telecast’s performances which have viewers members dashing to Telecharge to purchase tickets to new exhibits… or selecting to see “The Phantom of the Opera” for the forty third time as an alternative.
What got here off the very best was “MJ the Musical,” concerning the Prince of Pop, and “Paradise Sq.,” the worst present of the lot, as a result of the great Kalukango sang the musical’s one good track — “Let It Burn.” (Her track bought a standing-o, proving the viewers’s legs weren’t numb.)
The “Spring Awakening” solid’s reunion efficiency of “Contact Me” was attractive, too. However that closed 13 years in the past. And the sextet of pop-singing queens from “Six” introduced a jolt of vitality. Needlessly. Their gross sales are already large, prime Tony or not (they gained Rating and Costumes).
“A Unusual Loop”‘s quantity (one among its few applicable tunes) was ample, though the profitable present stays laborious to elucidate in an elevator pitch, and Hugh Jackman was too low-key as Harold Hill in “The Music Man” — one of many night time’s greatest losers.
Nonetheless, it’s the Sondheim snub that stung probably the most. Why, for one among Broadway’s greatest, did CBS ship within the clowns?